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Noise from hard disk

Recently i have noticed that noise is coming from my hard drive. what should i do ?

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    Dan rogers May 11, 2010

    what kind of noise is it making?

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Hi ankur_gupta2,

  1. You need to do a full backup of everything on that hard drive.
  2. Once you've done that, depending on the drive manufacturer, go to their website and find the support section. Most common drives today have diagnostic software that you can download and test the drive for error.
  3. If you want to run a quick test within your operating system, (I'm assuming it's Windows) Click on My Computer
  4. Right click on the drive that's making the noise possible C:\ Local Disk
  5. Go down to Properties and click
  6. Go to tools tab
  7. Click on Check Now in the Error Checking section
  8. Click on both check boxes to repair and recover bad sectors.
If this finds no problems, then it maybe that the drive is just getting old, either case, you're best off to check for errors, and go to the manufacturer's site for additional help.


Good Luck,

Mark

Posted on Jan 06, 2009

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